“MAINSTREAM” MEETS “ALTERNATIVE”
by Sharon Rondeau
The Journal contacted us last week as a result of our coverage of five conference calls on which veteran political strategist and informal Trump advisor Roger Stone responded to questions about the Trump campaign, voter fraud, voter turnout, and the occasional question about men’s fashion, about which Stone is considered an expert.
Our summaries of the calls began on August 4, 2016, the first of the series, and the audio from which has been published over the last seven days in a series of four articles.
Subsequent conference calls were held on August 18, September 15, and October 13, 2016. The September 1 call was canceled at the last minute, Stone announced on Twitter at the time, due to what he said was a “hacking” of his communications software and email accounts.
In researching the series of calls and our own materials, The Post & Email has concluded that no conference call took place on September 29, 2016.
The Journal reported that the host of the calls, Jason Sullivan, has been questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team and provided recordings and documentation associated with the conference calls subpoenaed this past spring. Investigators are seeking to learn whether or not Stone had advance knowledge of the contents of thousands of emails WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was to release associated with the Clinton campaign in the final months of the 2016 presidential election.
Investigators also seek to know if Stone had any direct contact with Assange, whether in person or by email, which Stone has denied despite having made comments in the past which could have been construed differently.
“Mr. Stone said in an email to the Journal that he was never in direct touch with Mr. Assange and that his prediction in the Aug. 4, 2016, conference call that more emails would drop merely reflected what was “common knowledge and expectation” at the time. Mr. Stone said in his email that in June of 2016 Mr. Assange told a British television station that he had material related to Mrs. Clinton pending publication,” FitzGerald and Holliday wrote on Tuesday.
As The Post & Email reported on Tuesday, a flurry of mainstream media visitors ensued following the publication of The Journal’s article, unbeknownst to us at the time.
Two mainstream-media journalists have since contacted us by telephone for more information.
The fourth article in our series was published earlier Wednesday morning.